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From our buddies at Banjo Brothers:

Cycling Bag Maker Banjo Brothers Teams Up with Philadelphia’s Trophy Bikes and MPLS based Singer/Songwriter Brianna Lane For A FREE “Tiny Bikeshop Concert” on July 30th

Co-Sponsors Twin Six and Bianchi Bicycles USA sweeten the mix with some sweet swag and marketing muscle

Minneapolis, MN, July 11, 2013 –Banjo Brothers, the Minneapolis-based bike bag maker is putting on their 7th “Tiny Bikeshop Concert™ ” Free Live Music Shows Held in the World’s Best Bike Shops, this time in Philadelphia, PA at Trophy Bikes, 712 N 2nd St Philadelphia, PA 19123 On July 30th. Minneapolis recording artist Brianna Lane will once again headline the show. There will be a shop ride departing from Trophy Bikes at 6pm with FREE Live Music starting at 7:30pm.

Since 2011 the Banjo Brothers have been treating cyclists to the free music shows and helping local bike shops deliver a nice perk to existing and would-be customers. For each event, the Banjo Brothers (not brothers), have brought in key partners to help promote the show and add to the evening’s fun. In this case Bianchi Bicycles and cycling apparel juggernaut Twin Six are part of the mix. Trophy Bikes created some special deals for show attendees. Coupons for service and accessories will be available as well as door prizes from Abus, Banjo Brothers, Twin Six and Bianchi.

On a tip from Banjo friend and Bianchi sales rep Will Mahler, the Brothers Banjo reached out to Trophy Bikes’ Mike McGettigan, Trophy’s owner, about doing one of the popular concerts in his shop. “Mcgettigan’s enthusiasm, his friendly staff and the reputation the shop has for great customer service made it an easy choice,” said Banjo Brothers Co-Founder Mike Vanderscheuren. “I know this is a place where, even if people have never been in the shop before, will have a great time,” Vanderscheuren continued.

One of the secrets to the success of the shows has been the quality of the music.

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Banjo Brothers’ relationship with Brianna Lane goes back almost a decade. Lane is a seasoned performer who has toured extensively on her own and opened for some notable headliners such as Gillian Welch, Billy Bragg and Colin Hay. In addition to being a talented musician, Lane brings a little something extra to these bike-centric shows. She is a die-hard cyclist who the Banjo Brothers got to know when she started a music tour by bicycle instead of by car. This was no cakewalk, but a 1,100 mile trek from Milwaukee, WI to Boston, MA. The need for a specialized pannier for her Banjo sealed the deal.

Lane’s influence and savvy quickly added another dimension to the “Tiny Shows” when she made some key suggestions to the Banjo Brothers, who know little about putting on a music show. Among her input was to treat the musical portion of the event with the same respect as a full-blown concert and not “some music” that’s happening as people mill around the shop. It’s no coincidence that Trophy’s charming space in the Northern Liberties Neighborhood will provide the most intimate of venues. Those in attendance will be treated to a unique and highly personal concert experience.

For more details about the Tiny Bikeshop Concert in Philadelphia, visit banjobrothers.com

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About Banjo Brothers

Founded in 2003 by Mike Vanderscheuren and Eric Leugers in Minneapolis (not brothers), Banjo Brothers make a line of high quality, well-built and affordable panniers, waterproof backpacks, grocery bag panniers, handlebar bags, seat bags, messenger bags, and more for bike commuters, recreational and urban cyclists.
www.banjobrothers.com

About Twin Six
Twin Six is a fashion-forward cycling apparel company located in Minneapolis who offers finely designed cycling lifestyle apparel and a whole mess of other good stuff.
www.twinsix.com

About Bianchi Bicycles
Bianchi Bicycles USA is the exclusive distributor of the world famous, Italian-made Bianchi bicycles. Bianchi’s history in cycling goes back over 120 years. The Bianchi brand has been the bike of choice of numerous Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and world champions. Bianchi offers a full line of bicycles for all types of cycling. For more information, visit Bianchi’s web site
www.bianchiusa.com

About Brianna Lane
Brianna Lane is a gifted singer/songwriter in true Americana form. She writes and performs on an acoustic guitar as well as a banjo, crafting songs that are clear-eyed and pure with an integrity derived from her gritty, unflinching emotional honesty. Long time music-writer/author/rock-journalist Jim Walsh recently wrote that, “Brianna Lane is a star in the making. She’s poised, ambitious, a great writer, a soul singer of the first order and an accomplished guitarist. Lane grew up in Minnesota and still calls Minneapolis home. In her nine years of touring Lane has shared the stage with Billy Bragg, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Colin Hay, Dar Williams, Patty Larkin, The Weepies, Jennifer Nettles (of Sugarland), and numerous other well-seasoned musicians. Lane has released three full length solo records and one duo EP with Cahalen Morrison as “Harbor Collective” and has a new album which will launch later this summer.
www.BriannaLaneMusic.com

About Trophy Bikes
Trophy Bikes was founded many years ago by Mr. Paul Hazlett. It operated first in a little storefront near 8th and Catharine. It then moved to Old City Philadelphia. Now, the Garage is in Northern Liberties at 712 North 2nd Street. The shop is owned by Michael McGettigan and operated by a cast of many. Trophy Bikes is trying hard to be one of Philadelphia’s best shops for bicycle commuting and bike touring. Trophy sells bikes that are fast yet sturdy, affordable, yet interesting and above all, fit for purpose. (Ditto for all sorts of accessories for carrying things on your bicycle, across town or across the country.) Finally, (we almost forgot) Trophy sells folding bikes–especially the amazing Brompton Folder from England.
www.trophybikes.com